Normalising healthy eating was the theme of the day at the South East Regional Hospital on Thursday.
This year's NAIDOC Week Koori Cook Off involved hospital staff who don't usually have an opportunity to engage with the community, the Southern NSW Local Health District's Aboriginal health team manager Jackie Jackson said.
Even Bega Valley Health Service general manager Wendy Hubbard got in on the day's action, sampling the meals on hand. Ms Jackson said the cook off fed around 100 people.
"You don't see staff like surgical nurses engaging with the community. It's about getting them out of their scrubs and mixing with everyone," she said.
Teams of cooks whipped up curry recipes all checked over by a dietician to make sure they were as healthy as possible.
Staff working in the areas of mental health, community health and violence and neglect were all involved, with everyone casting their votes at the end for the meal they thought was the best.
"It's about encouraging healthy eating," Ms Jackson said.
"Simple meals are always the best."
The day's winners were the community mental health team with their popular fish inspired dish.